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NSH has changed its membership year dates

The membership year of 2015 will end Nov 30, giving members 2 more months before their membership expires. This will mean that your membership will still be valid at the AGM ( Nov 5) and you will be able to vote. So wait to November to renew your membership for 2016 to enjoy another great year of outdoor activities. The NSH membership year will be from Nov 30-Dec1 each year from now on.

Wonderful Summer Camp 2015

Wonderful hiking and great fun at our 2015 summer camp

For this year's week-long camp the club rented the entire hostel at Castle Junction, in Banff National park. Located mid way between Banff and Lake Louise, the hostel provided a great "base camp" for more than 20 hikes in the surrounding mountains.

For a detailed camp report by Sheila and Bill click here.

The club has already started planning for next year's camp. If you have a suggestion for a destination with great hikes let us know.

Cristina Jacobs

NSH Photo Contest


Photographs must be from a recent club trip and uploaded directly on our website. The full set of Rules of the contest can be accessed by clicking here after you (a current member) have logged on, and the instructions on how to upload can be found on the club's website under the "Members" menu after you have logged on.

In brief, one can make four photo submissions each month from now until the end of October. There will be a $100 prize awarded to the best picture in each of the four categories of the contest, PEOPLE, SCENERY, FLOWERS, ANIMALS, with all contestants being acknowledged for their participation. The club's members attending  the AGM in November will be the contest's "judge".

For any clarification on the contest's rules contact Cristina Jacob at and for uploading issues contact Ling Chan at


A Plaque honouring Janet Wright, a former NSH member

setting of Janet's plaque

A plaque honouring Janet Wright, 1940-2012, avid naturalist, hiker, and photographer, has been installed in Minnekhada Regional Park by Janet’s family and The Nature Trust of BC. The plaque is located on a post, in a sunny south facing spot overlooking the Pitt-Addington Marsh Wildlife Management Area. To visit the plaque, park in the Minnekhada Lodge parking lot. Take the Fern Trail until it deadends, then turn right to Addington Lookout. At the Nature Trust BC sign bear right and head downhill along the path towards the marsh. About 3/4s of the way down, just above the dyke, you will find Janet's memorial plaque to the left of the trail close to a large fir. Alternate route to the plaque: Walk through the yellow gate at the intersection where the road to Minnekhada Lodge meets Oliver Drive. You will then be on a flat path south of the park boundary (a continuation of Oliver Drive), which eventually turns left along the dike. At the end of the path, search in the bushes/trees straight ahead for some stone steps and a path leading up the hill; you will find the plaque a short distance up the path, on your right. Unfortunately, there are no parking spaces near the intersection of Oliver Drive and the road to Minnekhada Lodge.

Jane J. Srivastava

Wilderness First Aid Course being offered!

Spiritus Training is offering a series of Wilderness First Aid courses through UBC Recreation. The first weekend course is offered April 17-19, 2015 on the UBC campus.
It costs $235 and includes 3 year Red Cross WRFA certification with CPR level 3 and AED certification.

Details are given on the Spiritus website, but you can't actually register there.

Registration is through UBC Recreation:

As in the past, NHS members will be eligible for a $50 rebate if they volunteer to lead a trip in the following year. Consider taking a WFA course. Its a great way to feel more prepared while out in the great outdoors.

Writing for the Website: What you need to know

FREE WORKSHOP to be offered by a Communications Expert:

May 7, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Roundhouse Community Centre: 181 Roundhouse Mews, near Drake and Davie Streets in downtown Vancouver.

Refreshments will be served.

Through a fun and interactive discussion, learn how to write interesting and exciting trip reports and other news items for the NSH Website, and how to make our website attractive to non-members. Space is limited so register now: email

MEC Discount Nights, April 2015.


NSH members receive a 10% discount on regularly priced items at MEC. Only current NSH members can participate. Now is the time to join or renew if you have not already done so.

Choose from one of the two events that is more convenient for you.

MEC Vancouver, Tuesday 21 April 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. You must register with Beth at before coming to this event.

MEC North Vancouver, Thursday 23 April 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. You must register with Cristina at before coming to this event.

Read on for details Continue reading MEC Discount Nights, April 2015.

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK PARTY Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.



Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.

Sunrise Community Hall, 1950 Windemere St, Van.

Come and enjoy a potluck dinner followed by a slideshow, “Tall Ships” given by John and Sandy Reinders, singing and maybe a visit from Santa! Turkey with stuffing, ham and punch will be served. Bring your favorite or ethic dish, salad, or dessert. Bring your own beverage (or bottle).

Doors open at 6:00.  Dinner at 6:30 promptly

Cash donations to the Food Bank welcome.

AGM and Slideshow, Friday November 7

Come and hear what happened in the Club this year and enjoy a slideshow about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Members who were trip leaders will be in the draw for a gift certificate. Join us on Nov 7, 2014 from 7:30–9:30pm at the Sunrise Community Centre, 1950 Windemere Street (near 5th and Rupert). Doors open at 7:00pm.

The slideshow, Hiking Kilimanjaro by Bengül Kurtar, will follow the business meeting. Bengül returned from a successful trip to Kenya and Tanzania to climb the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, in Mid-March 2014. The climb was part of WaterCan's Kilimanjaro Climb for Life campaign to raise awareness and funds to help combat the global water and sanitation crisis.IMG_8461

Slide Show and Social, Thursday October 9

Our October social features two slideshows by North Shore Hikers members.
Non-members are welcome to attend.
Join us at the Sunrise Community Centre, 1950 Windermere St
7:30-9:30pm. Doors open at 7:00pm.

Hiking the John Muir Trail, Regula Vickery

JMT 9-19
One of the best-known hiking trails in the US, the 211-mile (340 km) John Muir Trail was named in the honour of the Scottish-Amercian naturalist, author and early advocate of wilderness preservation in the United States. The trail runs (mostly in conjunction with the Pacific Crest  Trail) from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney, in California. The trail passes through large swaths of alpine and high mountain scenery, and lies almost entirely at or above 8,000 feet (2,400 m) in elevation. About 35% of the trail, including the entirety of the last 30 miles (48 km), lie above 10,000 feet (3,000 m).

Regula and three friends hiked the trail in September 2013.

Morocco, Lesley Bohm

An organized trip by van, train, and foot from Casablanca, through the Atlas Mountains, ending in Marrakech, by three North Shore Hikers, Lesley, Sylvia, and Marion. Mosques, mountains, markets, tanneries, and Roman ruins.

Bring a friend! Non-members are welcome.
Tea, coffee and treats will be served. Be green—bring your own mug.